Working out is an essential part of any fat loss plan. It sculpts your muscles, raises your resting metabolism, whittles down your waist, and gives you functional strength and endurance.
Results by eating poorly. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you are working out consistently and not getting the fat loss results you want.
To keep you from giving up in frustration, I’ve put together the following 3 Healthy Food Swaps to amp up your results.
These food swaps will help you to get results faster because they will fool your taste-buds and your mouth into thinking that you’re eating your regular favorites, when, in fact, you’ll actually be eating a meal with fewer calories, fewer carbs, and more fiber.
This means quicker fat loss and smaller belly rolls.
That sounds fantastic, right? So let’s dig right in…
Healthy Food Swap #1: RICE
Rice is a big part of many a meal. There’s white rice, brown rice, stir-fried rice, sticky rice, wild rice and the list goes on. All of these kinds of rice (yes, even brown rice) are packed with carbs and calories. This is great, if you are a growing child or an athlete, but not so great for someone like you with a fat loss goal.
Try CAULIFLOWER RICE: To make rice from cauliflower first wash it and trim the leaves and stems. Chop into small pieces and then run those pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment. This will result in a rice-like consistency. Place the cauliflower rice in a large skillet with a Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go. Serve your normal vegetable and meat dishes over a bed of cauliflower rice just as you would traditional rice.
Healthy Food Swap #2: NOODLES
Have you ever noticed that when you crave your favorite pasta dish, you’re actually just craving the sauce? Noodles alone are bland and unspectacular. The magic, as well as the protein, is in the sauce.
Noodles, like traditional rice, are packed with calories and carbs that get in the way of your fat loss results.
Try ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Wash zucchini, and then run a vegetable peeler down its sides, creating long, wide noodles. Stop when you reach the inner, seedy part of the zucchini. You can also make your life easier by using a spiralizer. These raw, zucchini noodles do not require any cooking, simply throw them onto your plate and top with your favorite healthy pasta sauce.
Healthy Food Swap #3: BREAD, BUNS, TORTILLAS
Cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles are great for those meals that you prepare at home, but what about your meals eaten out? Many restaurant meals revolve around bread, buns or tortillas. These things are tasty, yet filled with calories and carbs that can hinder your weight loss.
Try a LETTUCE WRAP: When ordering your meal, such as a sandwich, burger or tacos, ask that it be wrapped in lettuce in place of the bread, bun or tortilla. Most places don't mind making the swap for you. If for some reason the restaurant is unable to wrap it in lettuce for you, then ask for the filling to be placed on a pile of greens and eat it with a fork.
Try these 3 Healthy Food Swaps out for the next 30 days, and see how quickly you get fat loss results. The improved results will motivate you to workout harder and more consistently, which will then add to an even greater level of fitness.
If you need additional guidance with your nutrition and workouts, now is the perfect time for you to start. My focus is to get you to your goals using my results-driven H-method workouts. Book your workout with me or one of my amazing trainers today!